Local Arts Holiday Gift Guide

This year for the holiday season, why not give the gift of local art? This week, we’ve rounded up a number of items from some of our talented artist members for your perusing pleasure. Whether you’re seeking a special something for your arts-loving friend, a unique gift to say thanks to your staff, or even a fun holiday show to jazz up your annual Christmas party, we’ve got you covered.

Dominique Hurley Intuitive Art & Inspiration


1) Greeting Card Variety Pack (12)

Give the gift that keeps on giving. These 5″x7″ premium greeting cards feature 12 of Dominique Hurley’s vibrant visionary paintings. Perfect for sharing and framing, they’ll touch the heart of both givers and receivers. See them all at: https://www.dominiquehurley.com/product/greeting-card-variety-pack/

Price: $47.77 each or $37.77 for orders of 10 packages or more

To purchase:
Online: https://www.dominiquehurley.com/product/greeting-card-variety-pack/
For bulk orders, email: dominique@dominiquehurley.com


2) Magnetic Art Bookmarks (sets of 10)

Never lose your bookmark, your page, or even the last line you read! These folded magnetic bookmarks feature 10 of Dominique Hurley’s uplifting paintings. They make great stocking stuffers, or slip one into your holiday cards. See them all at: https://www.dominiquehurley.com/product/magnetic-bookmark-set-10/

Price: $5 each / sets of 10 for $47.77

To purchase:
Online: https://www.dominiquehurley.com/product/magnetic-bookmark-set-10/
Or email: dominique@dominiquehurley.com


3) Fine Art Photography & Painting Prints

A gift of beauty will not only energize your living and working environments, but also warm the heart. Shop online to choose from Dominique Hurley’s five galleries of fine art photography and two galleries of intuitive paintings. Prints on fine art paper and stretched canvas are carefully handcrafted in St. John’s, NL.

Price: Prices vary by size and medium ( $65+)

To purchase:
Online: http://art.newfoundlandcanvas.com/gallery/dominiquehurley/home

About the Artist: Dominique Hurley is a visionary artist, intuition expert, educator, naturotherapist and the creator of the Intuition into Action Treasure Map: 5 Steps to Activate Your Intuition for a Happy Healthy Life. She offers energy-infused paintings and photography, intuitive tools, and creative workshops that help her clients take inspired action through right brain leadership and left brain implementation.


Wonderbolt Productions


1) The Sights Before Christmas Holiday Show

The Sights Before Christmas explores the fantasy world of Bernadette Doyle, a young child who is determined to stay awake all night so that she will not miss one second of Christmas magic. In her sugar plum dreams she is visited by a wild mummers troupe, Old Father Christmas himself, and Evergreen, a magical elf who decorates a fanciful Christmas tree.

The characters in The Sights Before Christmas enchant audiences with a wild array of theatrical and circus characters. From juggling and unicycling to carolling and storytelling, the show is a thrilling, wide-eyed Christmas adventure.
This story is also published as a beautiful children’s book, illustrated by Darka Erdjeli, and each booking receives a complimentary copy.

Duration/Price: The show runs about 40 minutes and the cost is $500. We will bring everything we need for the show and can perform in a variety of venues.

To purchase: For booking inquiries, call 722-1344 or email info@wonderbolt.ca

About the Artist: Wonderbolt Productions has been providing unique, original theatrical presentations to audiences in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada for more than 25 years. Beni Malone, the company’s artistic director, has trained in top-notch facilities around the world, from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College in Venice, Florida to L’Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Paris, to Cirque du Soleil’s original training center in Montreal. He has pioneered touring to remote areas and is experienced in all aspects of creating and presenting live theatre.


Tara Bryan, Visual Artist


1) Letterpress-Printed Poem: Rhizosphere

Rhizosphere is a letterpress-printed poem by Don McKay with blind-printed photo by Marlene Creates. Printed on handmade paper in an edition of 110.

Price: $20

To purchase:
Online: www.tarabryan.com
Or email: taratbryan@gmail.com


2) Mousepad

A high-quality, rubber-backed mousepad with a reproduction of the painting Aftermath (cracking up), which was selected for the mural on the exterior of the Convention Centre in downtown St. John’s.

Price: $15

To purchase:
Online: www.tarabryan.com
Or email: taratbryan@gmail.com


3) Gros Morne Time Lines book and DVD

The book is a replica of the original Gros Morne Time Lines artist’s book. Produced by CBC and Parks Canada, the video explores the relationship between visual art, nature’s beauty and the written word. Kevin Major’s reading of the text is intertwined with images of the book and the park, and the personal experience of other artists, park residents and staff.

Price: Christmas special: $50 for both!

To purchase:
Online: www.tarabryan.com
Or email: taratbryan@gmail.com

*There are also many books, broadsides, totebags and cards available on Tara’s website: www.tarabryan.com

About the Artist: Tara Bryan’s business, walking bird press, has been quietly producing award-winning letterpress books, broadsides and notecards for 25 years. Specializing in fine press books and eclectic artist’s books, Bryan has taught workshops in letterpress and book binding, and has mentored numerous writers and artists in her printshop.


St. Michael’s Printshop


1) Coffee Table Book: Printmaking on the Edge

Printmaking on the Edge: 40 Years at St. Michael’s details the history of St. Michael’s Printshop. Full of beautiful artwork, curated by Kevin Major, this book is a feast for the eyes.

Price: $20 (15% discount for orders over 10)

To purchase, email: lynn@stmichaelsprintshop.com


2) Playing Cards

A deck of our signauture St. Michael’s Printshop playing cards. Each card is designed by a different local artist. A unique gift, and conversation piece.

Price: $10 (15% discount for orders over 10)

To purchase, email: lynn@stmichaelsprintshop.com

About the Artist: St. Michael’s Printshop is an artist-run print studio which provides professional fine art printmaking facilities for established and emerging artists. A lure for printmakers who crave a space in which to create art surrounded by the extraordinary natural landscape of the North Atlantic, the printshop also attracts visual artists who wish to explore printmaking as a new medium for the first time through workshops with local and visiting printmakers.


Brenda Rowe, Visual Artist


1) Give the Gift of Art

If you are looking for a meaningful, memorable, special something to give to a friend, colleague, employee or loved one, look no further than artwork from Brenda Rowe. No matter what the occasion, artwork is a heartfelt gift sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

Brenda has a wide range of gift items available. Choose from original works, art reproductions, designer canvas, aluminum and acrylic art reproductions, and a number of products incorporating Brenda’s artwork including coasters, note cards, ornaments and calendars. Certain gift items can be personalized, and you can even commission a specific art piece to be produced as one of the above listed gift items.

Corporate clients can use these items as gifts, awards, prizes or donations. They are a wonderful option for retirements, anniversaries/years of service recognition, VIP presentations, Christmas, sales and safety awards, fundraising and event prizes, or simply as a heartfelt “thank you.” Why settle for restaurant gift cards and golf shirts when you can affordably give an art gift that will be gratefully received and proudly displayed, providing pleasure for years to come?

Corporate clients receive a minimum 10% discount on all products and services. Gift certificates are also available. You can view all originals and gift items on Brenda’s website at: http://www.brendaroweartwork.com/artwork-gallery


2) Painting Classes & Workshops

Brenda diligently passes on her skills to aspiring artists and amateur groups alike through her fun, creative and collaborative classes and workshops. She has over 20 years of art instruction experience and a teaching certificate from Memorial University.

Brenda offers a variety of artistic learning experiences, from two-hour paint-along classes, art and wellness classes for personal exploration and enhancing self-esteem, youth classes, and half- and full-day corporate and group workshops. Brenda can work with you to create the perfect artistic experience for you.

You can view the variety of art classes and workshops that Brenda currently offers on her website at: http://www.brendaroweartwork.com/art-instruction

3) GLOWE by Brenda Rowe: Glow-in-the-Dark Art

Brenda has launched her new collection of artwork – it glows in the dark! Brenda uses 11 different glow paints to create one-of-a-kind original artwork that looks like a regular painting by day, but by night, it transforms into a beautiful glowing masterpiece. Brenda is the first and only NL artist to produce glow-in-the-dark artwork.

Along with the original paintings, Brenda has also been able to reproduce the daytime painting and hand paints each reproduction with the glow paints, so every one at night is unique!

You can view GLOWE by Brenda Rowe on her website at: http://www.brendaroweartwork.com/glowe

*For all inquiries, please contact Brenda by e-mail at brenda@brendaroweartwork.com or by phone at 709-437-ROWE(7693).

About the Artist: Brenda Rowe is an award-winning artist, teacher and mentor. Brenda offers original paintings as well as fine art reproductions, designer canvases and many smaller gift items. Brenda also has over 20 years experience teaching art. Gift certificates for artwork, gift items and classes/workshops are available.


Ruth Weller-Malchow, Art Bonavista Productions Inc.


1) NL Heritage Clapboard Postcards

These NL postcards are made out of heritage clapboard from the Bonavista Peninsula. Each one is an original mini piece of NL art (no two pieces are alike) and comes with a good stock envelope and picture hanger – perfect small Christmas gift to mail family and friends away from home.

Two approx. sizes: 4”x 4 1/2” = $9 plus shipping
4 1/2” x 6” = $10 plus shipping
(Shipping depends upon Canada Post and location. Average cost is $1.95 to $2.20.)

To purchase:
Online: Instagram @munichmapleleaf
Email: ruthwellermalchow@gmail.com

About the Artist: Ruth Weller-Malchow is an artist and former director of Bonavista Creative, the arts and culture arm of Bonavista Living, a significant townscape and economic revitalization project currently underway in Bonavista, NL. In 2015 and 2016, Ruth initiated Art Bonavista, presenting Newfoundland-based artists in several pop-up exhibition spaces. She was also the community coordinator for the Bonavista Biennale 2017. Currently, she is working on Union House Arts, situated on the William F. Coaker Foundation grounds in Port Union, a new artist-run, nfp gallery/community house. After organizing for other artists, she has again started “making stuff “in her Summerville studio. You can find her on Instagram @munichmapleleaf.